Is a Krugman Textbook the Same as Everyday Krugman?
My high school junior came home from school today and down thudded two metric tons of Semester 2 textbooks onto the living room floor. "AP Macroecon anyone?" she quipped. I asked her what the textbook author's name was and before she could utter the final consonant, her mother and I retorted "Krugman?!?!"
I am an economic novice, having read work by Thomas Sowell, Milton Friedman, and countless audio/video media of others. I've read some Krugman essays and a very good article critical of him in a 2011 National Review. I can't help but think a textbook wouldn't reflect the worldview of the man who thinks Barack Obama is too conservative regarding stimulus (not to mention the trillion-dollar-coin).
I see this as a "happy warrior" opportunity to demonstrate to my daughter that it is good to be critical and ask questions.
I seek advice from the Ricochetti. Is Krugman's textbook, co-authored with Robin Wells and adapted for AP by Margaret Ray and David Anderson, considered to be left-of-center or Keynesian, etc.? Let us know your opinion. Is the book flawed? I'll be glad to read your thoughts as I perform my own investigation.